The book begins with Eileen receiving a summons to Eastbourne. The result of this meeting causes her to reconnect with Mattie. There have been changes made and Eileen is not the desperate person Kirsty knew. He immediately recognises this fact and the pair become united with in a strange traingulation of love. Their joint campaign to support the cause brings them closer to sharing romance. One thing continues to hamper progress and Eileen feels helpless to clear the way to an idylic future.